By Elly Leavitt

Published on March 22, 2018

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If the right lipstick is the easiest way to make yourself look put together, curtains are the lipstick of home decor. The right drapery can not only upgrade boring, small windows, but will also tie together the look of the entire living room—plus, they’re a great way to add texture or color to an otherwise minimalist space if you don’t want to commit to something more permanent.

And good news: With so many quality-looking options from our favorite big box retailers, finding the perfect curtains to revamp your space doesn’t have to cost a lot. Ahead, our favorite budget-friendly finds under $100 that are pretty much guaranteed to completely change the feel of any living room for the better.

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Washed Linen Curtain Panel, H&M, $49.99

When in doubt, go for something linen. The crisp and timelessly classic material is the easiest way to feign elegance on a budget. This particular curtain panel comes in a multitude of colors; we love this deep charcoal hue for a bolder look.

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Pom Tassel Curtain, Anthropologie, $78+

Vaguely nautical-inspired, these playful panels are high quality and actually a lot thicker and more durable than they appear, according to the site’s customer reviews. Faded stripes feel a little more elegant than something bolder, while the pom poms add a touch of whimsy.

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Amber Gold Bella Curtain, World Market, $37.76+

Need something bold? Opt for these deep amber curtains. The pretty hue will warm up any room, and is particularly great to complement any warm-toned accessories. Though if you prefer a more neutral space, they’re also great for a pop of color that won’t look too out of place.

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Grayson Grommet Curtain Panel, Target, $32.24

If you want to go for a more subdued look, you can’t go wrong with a pair of white drapes. The canvas material of these elevates the feel a bit, while the simple neutral is an unquestionably chic way to finish off a space and make it feel more polished.

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Lejongap Curtains, Ikea, $39.99

The gorgeous mint green hue of these curtains is very on-trend right now, and what easier way to bring a bit of that color home than with stylish linen curtains?

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Knotted Window Curtain, Urban Outfitters, $59

They may be simple, but the knotted detail at the top of these curtains is a slightly unexpected twist that’ll make your windows an instant statement. The soft cotton and uber-drapey style of these create the perfect casual, undone-but-in-a-chic-way vibe bohemian decorators in particular will love.

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Block Printed Stripe Curtains, CB2, $49.95+

Contrasting prints are a sure-fire way to add interest to empty walls, so if you’re not feeling particularly adventurous with your paint colors or wallpaper—though you should be!—then try adding in that detail via the curtains. These stripes are hand-printed onto the fabric, so each piece is unique and feels custom-made.

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Striped Two-Tone Curtain, Zara Home, $49.90

Dress your home for the weather you think you deserve with these springtime-ready curtains. The pale pink striped design is fresh and simple, instantly reminiscent of warmer weather.

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Cotton Canvas Curtain, West Elm, $49.99+

This sunny yellow (technically “horseradish” but it’s fine) hue is the best way to instantly brighten up a room and cheer you up on a gloomy day. The cotton fabric is opaque, blocking out sunlight when you want to take a nap on the couch.

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